Trees to Seas EcoExpo and Conservation Conversations

EcoFair opens with the EcoExpo, a rare gathering of conservation organizations from across the region to share and learn together.

The idea for the Trees to Seas EcoFair was planted from a springtime suggestion that Raincoast and the Pender Conservancy host a fall fungi foray. It began to grow when this idea was brought to a community meeting of conservation minded individuals called Pender Earth, based on S,DÁYES (Pender Islands). At that meeting, it became clear that there were a number of locally-driven conservation initiatives underway without a platform available for sharing, celebrating, and connecting efforts.  Now, with the help of local grassroots group, PenderPOD, and a mighty team of volunteers, EcoFair is ready to bloom with less than two weeks to go until the opening event: EcoExpo!

Four people standing around talking in a forest.
Connecting the conservation community is what EcoExpo is all about! Photo by Alex Harris / Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

About EcoExpo

Unlike industry-led expos, which generally feature products and business pitches, EcoExpo will be a chance to interact with conservation leaders from across the Salish Sea Region (see a full list of participating organizations below). You can expect to learn more about conservation initiatives happening on different islands and how to participate in environmental protections and ecological restoration within your own community. EcoExpo will also feature:

  •  A welcome table/info booth where folks can:
    • Register for an EcoFair wristband or pick their reserved wristbands up 
    • Get a printed schedule of weekend activities
    • Ask questions about EcoFair
    • Make a donation to the KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest land protection campaign
  • A Kids Zone table where little ones can participate in low-impact arts and crafts. Supported by Ptarmigan Arts and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
  • Conservation Conversation Corner, a Q&A-style suite of presentations from local experts (schedule provided below).

Also make sure to check out the Pender Winter Market taking place in the lower level of the community hall from 10AM until 1PM for local wares, snacks, and hot drinks.

Conservation Conversation Corner

As stated above, EcoExpo will mostly consist of organizations sharing information and opportunities for getting involved at individual booths, but it will also include a “Conservation Conversation Corner” where local experts will make a brief, informal presentation, followed by an organic audience Q&A. Each session will be about thirty minutes long depending on the level of audience participation. This is a chance to hear from scientists working in the region on topics that interest or directly impact you! Come ready to learn and possibly discover new opportunities to apply your newly gained knowledge!

Conservation Conversation Schedule

Time Title Speaker
10:30Southern Resident Killer Whales: A bond through salmon, language, and grandmothersMisty MacDuffee, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
11:30Ecological impact of deer overpopulation and strategies for habitat restorationRob Underhill, Mayne Island Conservancy Association
12:30Why long-term studies of whales, dolphins and porpoises are key to saving themValeria Vergara and Lance Barrett-Lennard, Raincoast Conservation Foundation
1:30Preserve your piece of paradise and get paid for doing it!Lisa Baile, Owner of Woodpecker Forest Covenant 
Killer whale chasing a salmon from a bird's eye view.
L121 with fish 2017. Photo by NOAA / Ocean Wise.

Participant organizations

Organizations you can expect to learn from at EcoExpo include:

We are so excited to share our annual report – Tracking Raincoast Into 2023 – with you! Tracking gives you highlights from the year, our science, flagship projects, as well as a peek at what’s in store for the coming year.

Dive into Tracking and learn more about our work safeguarding coastal carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure. We are currently raising funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. Now is a good time to sign up and stay connected to our community of researchers and change-makers.